Dear reader: a follow-up

So, you may remember that last week I posted about trying to decide what book to suggest to my friend, who asked for a recommendation. By the end of that post I’d narrowed my choices down to these four:

  1. Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds
  2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  3. The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
  4. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

By the end of that post I’d pretty much convinced myself not to recommend The Sparrow. And after that post I found out that he’s already read Ready Player One. That left me with two choices.

All last week I was pretty torn between Blue Remembered Earth and The Dog Stars. The first is actual science-based sci-fi, and the start of a multi-generational space opera. The second is what, up to this point, I had considered to be the best post-apocolyptic fiction book I’ve read — mostly because I found it to be believably realistic and yet also hopeful.

But last week I started reading Station Eleven…  I haven’t finished it yet, but so far, I think of the two books, Station Eleven will maybe nudge out The Dog Stars as best post-apocolyptic fiction book I’ve read. So, I could recommend Station Eleven instead… but now we’re back to the problem I had with The Sparrow… both of those books are getting a TON of hype right now and I don’t really want to recommend something that he’d be likely to read on his own without me pointing it out to him.

Honestly, any of these books I’ve mentioned would be a good choice. And it’s just so hard for me to pick only one “best” book. But, when it comes down to it, I keep coming back to one book… I think it’s going to have to be: Blue Remembered Earth.

There are just so many things about that book that I love. The elephants. The technology. The moon colony. The fighting robots. And more stuff I won’t say for fear of spoiling it… It’s such a richly imagined story. I really hope he likes it as much as I do.